Three local Delaware 4-H members representing the University of Delaware 4-H Engineering Cooperative Extension Program at the 60th Annual National 4-H Engineering, Science and Leadership Event in West Lafayette, Indiana, September 26-28, 2010.
Joseph (JT) Robbins of the Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Harrington, Delaware had the highest national placement in the parts identification and written test examination in the lawn tractor event.
Lee Severson of the New Horizons 4-H Club, Dover, Delaware finished in the top five in the lawn tractor event.
Michael Severson of the New Horizons 4-H Club, Dover, Delaware competed in the electric event.
The event drew in 60 contestants from 12 states. Areas of competition include aerospace, bicycle, computer, electric, lawn tractor, robotics, small engines, tractor and welding. All of the contestants had won county and state competitions to qualify for the national event.
Contestants and accompanying adults spend a day on educational field trips at Purdue University and Indianapolis. Included were workshops in the Departments of Electrical Engineering Technology, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and Aviation Technology, and guided tours of Fowler Ridge Wind Farm and Rea Magnet Wire Company.
The event was conducted by Extension agricultural engineers and 4-H professionals from participating states. John Deere and Company sponsored the lawn tractor and small engines contests. Lincoln Electric sponsored the welding contest. Landis and Gyr and Stuart C. Irby Company sponsored the electric contest. Additional funds were provided for hotel, transportation, registration, and meals by the Delaware 4-H Foundation.